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Buick resurrects a classic name and unveils an electric cat

Buick has unveiled its concept Wildcat EV as it looks towards electrifying its lineup in the future.
The Buick Wildcat EV concept

The Buick Wildcat EV concept

DETROIT — Buick has unveiled the Wildcat EV concept as it transitions to an all-electric future.

The Wildcat was developed to convey the all-new design language that will influence Buick production models for the foreseeable future.

The Wildcat EV concept also introduces a new, expressive face for Buick, distinguished by a bold, forward-leaning front-end appearance that features a low-mounted, trapezoidal grille.

Further, the vehicle — a 2+2 coupe — has an all-new, laid-back proportion complemented by a low, wide stance. The windshield wraps around and flows into the side glass, which tapers dramatically with the fast roofline to accentuate the aggressive profile.

Additional exterior design highlights include:

  • Distinctive semi-swing doors for easy entry and exit.
  • Unique aluminum trim that appears to flow seamlessly into the interior seat structures.
  • Micro-LED lighting technology and thin-beam projector lenses for the front lighting.
  • Blade-style taillights embedded in the roof’s sail panels, culminating in check mark-style horizontal lamps that echo the front lighting signature.
  • An external “state of charge” indicator visible in the exterior hatchback glass.
  • Jet Age-inspired 18-spoke “turbine” wheels.

A blend of modernity and warmth

Inside, the Wildcat EV concept’s cabin has an inner glow that is inviting and comforting, all while integrating new technologies designed to make the riding experience more enjoyable.

The 2+2 configuration, delineated by a prominent console that extends from the base of the instrument panel to the rear seating area, uses unique graphic and color contrasts intended to accentuate the cabin’s lightweight feel and spaciousness.

Additional interior design elements include cockpit-style seats with cantilevered headrests that appear to be floating, and a lightweight, flat-bottom steering wheel.

Everything about the concept is intended to convey what’s possible — in design, technology and the transformative experience of EV mobility.

Wildcat: A Concept Legacy

For nearly 70 years, the Wildcat name has been reserved for innovative, progressive Buick concept vehicles that push the boundaries of design and technology. Like the new Wildcat EV concept, the first Wildcat — introduced in 1953 — was a show vehicle that previewed next-generation Buick design. The Wildcat II and III concepts followed in 1954 and 1955, respectively, and the designs of all were overseen by legendary chief designer Harley Earl. In 1985, another Wildcat concept debuted. It was a futuristically styled, mid-engine and AWD supercar developed to showcase new engine technologies.

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